The Director of Outreach at AiG, Tom Miller, is also a volunteer chaplain at various racetracks. Tom was at the Kentucky Speedway this past Saturday, helping the Director of Kentucky Raceway Ministry (KRM). Mally, my daughter Danielle, my brother Stephen, and I visited the speedway for the NASCAR truck race. We were able to visit first hand with the chaplains and also a missionary who travels with the NASCAR drivers. I have arranged to take these people through the Creation Museum and provide them with AiG booklets for witnessing purposes. I have included photographs of the race and speedway, and one of (from left to right) Tom Miller (Director of Outreach at AiG), me, and John Roberts, (Director of KRM) at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky).
KRM is a volunteer association of ministry groups who are trained (and in some areas certified) to serve the needs of the speedway employees, the fans, and the competitors in the spirit of Christian fellowship. John first became aware of the National Raceway Ministry organization as a fan during a NASCAR race at the Bristol Speedway in Tennessee. God used this outreach to get John’s life back on track, and he felt the call to introduce the ministry to the then-brand-new Kentucky Speedway near his hometown. As the state director of KRM at the Kentucky Speedway, John coordinates the ministry of 200-plus volunteers throughout the campground and grandstands. This year, John has also taken on the role of Track Chaplain for this world class facility. Kentucky Raceway Ministries maintains hospitality/fellowship tents in the campgrounds and vendors’ area on speedway property by invitation of Kentucky Speedway. The team provides physical and spiritual refreshment to the thousands of campers, race fans, and speedway employees the entire time the speedway is open. They offer coffee, cold water, cold lemonade, homemade cookies, children's activities, gospel concerts, biscuit-and-gravy breakfasts, handicapped transportation, information, and worship services with singing, testimonies, and preaching from God’s Word. KRM also provides a “trauma response team” in the grandstands and care centers, anytime spectators are in the grandstands during actual racing events.
Pygmies in the zooMany of you may remember the sad story of the Pygmy, Ota Benga, back in the early 1900s, who was put in the Bronx Zoo in an effort to bolster evolutionary thinking. Well an interesting news item has appeared concerning Pygmy musicians being housed in a zoo—and the human rights activists aren’t happy, as this makes them look less than human! Actually, if the human rights activists, most of whom believe in evolution, were consistent, they would be saying that all of us are just animals anyway! Here is a section from the news item:
“Human rights activists have criticised the organisers of a music festival in the Republic of Congo for housing pygmy musicians in a tent at a zoo.You can read the entire article at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6898241.stm
“Other artists at the Festival of Pan-African Music (Fespam) are staying in hotels in the capital, Brazzaville.
“The organisers say the grounds of Brazzaville zoo are closer to the pygmies’ natural habitat ... Activists say the pygmies are being treated like zoo exhibits ... A BBC correspondent says indigenous forest communities are among the most marginalised groups in Africa and are regularly regarded by their neighbours as less than human. ‘It’s clear that it’s a situation like we saw in earlier centuries, where people put pygmies in zoos to dance or to create a spectacle. They were treated the same as zoo animals and I think that we have a similar situation today,’ said Mr Owoko ....”
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